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Tuesday, 28 November 2023 08:04

We Are The Champions . . . Again!

FSW Volleyball Wins Back-to-Back National Championships!

In a case of déjà vu all over again, the #1-ranked Florida SouthWestern (FSW) Lady Buccaneers Volleyball team defended their 2022 National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship with 3 sets to 1 victory over their in-state arch nemesis, the Miami Dade Sharks, on Saturday, November 18, in Hutchinson, Kansas!

It was déjà vu because of the extraordinarily similar journey the Lady Bucs took to defend their Title. In both years, they swept the Sharks 3 sets to 0 to win the Florida State Championship. In both years, the Lady Bucs swept their first three opponents in the National Championship Tournament, then in both years FSW defeated Miami Dade 3 sets to 1 to win the National Championship.

Shark Attack

FSW took no prisoners in their quest to repeat as National Champions, sweeping first #17-ranked Colby Community College, then #10 College of Southern Idaho, and finally #7 Trinity Valley Community College, without surrendering more than 20 points in any of the nine sets. In the opposite bracket, the #3-ranked Miami Dade made a similar march, first sweeping Casper College and then Weatherford College before defeating #5 Navarro College 3 sets to 1 to set up the much-anticipated FSW rematch.

As if the National Championship contest were not motivation enough for FSW, Miami Dade dealt the Lady Bucs their only 2023 defeat, besting FSW in Suncoast Credit Union Arena on October 21 in a 5-set thriller, taking the deciding fifth set 16 to 14. From Miami Dade’s point-of-view, before FSW began its program just five seasons ago, they were the 800-pound gorilla of Junior College Woman’s Volleyball, having won ten National Championships, so this was an ideal opportunity to reassert their dominance.

The Sharks smelled blood first, stomping FSW in their first set 25 to 19. FSW immediately turned the tide in the second, throttling Miami Dade 25 to 16. In the key third set in the best-of-five contest, neither team initially blinked, forging a 10 to 10 tie, but then FSW slowly and methodically pulled away, taking it 25 to 19. The Sharks would not go quietly however, with the fourth set once again tied at 10, before the Lady Bucs went on a 4 to 0 run. Miami Dade won the next two points but then made three crucial errors in a row to bump the FSW lead to 17 to 12. The Lady Bucs, now sensing the finish line, won four of the next five points to go up 21 to 13 before winning their 2023 National Championship on their third match point 25 to 18, with the FSW players, coaches, support staff and a cadre of fans storming the court!

Player Accolades & Coach Thais

The Lady Bucs had an astonishing 57 Kills in their 4-set victory with a .292 hitting percentage. Sophomore All-American candidate Roberta Purashaj distributed 46 assists to go over 1,900 in her FSW career. Fellow Sophomore All-American candidate Alondra Alarcon wrapped up her FSW career with 14 Kills and 13 Digs, giving her double-digit Kills in all eight of her career National Championship Tournament matches. Sophomore Victoria Zibecchi, absolutely playing her finest volleyball in her two-year FSW career during the 2023 Championship Tournament run, had 15 Kills versus just one Error in the final. Like Zibecchi, Freshman Anna Marzella finished strong with 17 Digs, giving her the three highest Dig totals of her career in the National quarter-final, semi-final and Championship matches. Fellow Freshman Nina Boledovicova contributed 14 Kills versus no Errors for a ridiculous .609 hitting percentage, with Sophomore Middle Blocker, 6’4” Izzy Collier, dominating the middle of the net.

Following FSW’s victory, the NJCAA named Alarcon, Purashaj and Zibecchi to its All-Tournament Team, with Purashaj earning the Most Valuable Player Award! These three are no strangers to award ceremonies, as they are each on the 2023 Citrus All-Conference First Team, along with Collier, with Boledovicova on the 2nd Team. Purashaj, FSW’s career assists leader, is the Citrus Conference Player of the Year, finishing second in the State and fourth nationally with 10.81 assists per set while quarterbacking the Lady Bucs to the nation’s top hitting percentage of .318. In winning the 2023 Florida State Championship, Region 8 named Alarcon, Boledovicova and Zibecchi to its All-Tournament Team, with Purashaj the MVP.

Joining them is FSW’s brilliant young coach, Thais Baziquetto-Allen, who received the Heidi Cartisser Coach of the Tournament Award for the second consecutive season, as well as the Citrus Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth straight year. The smooth, smart, savvy and stylish Coach Thais, who began the FSW volleyball program in 2019, is a Junior College volleyball coaching superstar, with an incredible career mark of 119 & 24 for an astounding .826-win percentage! In FSW’s back-to-back National Championships, Coach Thais guided the Lady Bucs to a remarkable 58 & 2 mark, with the 2023 squad setting a school record for wins at 31 & 1! As a recruiter, her territory is apparently Planet Earth, as FSW’s 14-player squad features 12 overseas athletes, with four from Italy, three hailing from Brazil, and one each from Argentina, Peru, Portugal, Serbia and Slovakia, with two Floridians.

coach Thais Baziquetto Allen  

Unfortunately, all great things must come to an end, as FSW will almost assuredly have a new coach to guide them for an attempted Three-Peat, as Coach Thais is apparently in high demand. According to a well-placed source, at least three Division 1 NCAA programs want her as their new Head Coach, making her return to the FSW sideline in Summer 2024 highly unlikely. If Coach Thais does leave, her designer high heels will be difficult to fill!

If you want to join the Lady Bucs in celebrating their 2023 National Championship, FSW hosts a victory party at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on Tuesday, November 28, at 1 p.m., with all fans welcome; for additional information, see Remember, “The Bucs – and the 2023 Junior College Volleyball National Championship – Stop Here!”

Saturday, 25 November 2023 19:18

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
I enjoy the article by Wayne Allyn Root “Trump was Right” and YES ,,, he was , about so many other things not even covered in the article. Mainly the one about the left stealing the election and I’m glad to see you are printing Mr Root, I have been following him for many years and I like what he has to say.

Unfortunately, The GOP keeps losing elections because the left has the whole thing in the bag, with three quarters of voters unhappy with the direction we are going, infl ation, gas prices, on the brink of WWIII, only an idoit can believe that democrats are winning elections. NO WAY! Voters should be running in any direction but Democratic! And until we stop mail-in ballots without ID, ballot harvesting, drop boxes, and continued vote counting long after elections are over, we won’t win! Probably ever again.

I’m not sure even Trump can win in 24, they stole the last one from him, what has really changed? By my point of view, looking at last weeks elections, nothing.

About your jokes, I’ve been reading your paper for about 5 years, and the reason I’m conservative has a lot to do with a basic philosophy, some people see something they don’t like they think/say “no one should be able to read that!” like it’s their job to save the world from it. When conservatives see something they don’t like they think/say “I won’t share that” and not try to forbid anyone else from seeing it. The Democrats are the party of control, not us, we don’t censor!

Over the past years, have I seen a joke that I didn’t think appropriate...yes a few times..... in 5 years... but I have enjoyed so many others and like being able to share adult humor with my friends over a couple of beers.

It’s kinda like when then President Trump would tweet one of his “off ” tweets, I would think ‘man he could have skipped that one’, it’s the same with an “off ” joke. Besides, your paper isn’t like the others, you stand out, don’t stop now.

Juan Caldeira

Sunday, 26 November 2023 12:16

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
Good paper with good editorials (Alexia Chapin’s was a nice read). Glad to have you back on Fort Myers Beach.
Best wishes.
Bob Carney

Lady Bucs Repeat As Florida & District Champs

The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Volleyball Lady Buccaneers successfully took their next steps to defend their 2022 National Championship Title when they used their home court advantage to repeat as the Florida State Championship on November 4, then claimed the District Title the following day. In only the fifth year of its program’s existence, the 27 & 1 Lady Bucs seek to become back-to-back National Champions! FSW’s quest to repeat as the Florida State Champion began at Suncoast Credit Union Arena (SCUA) on Friday afternoon, November 3, against the nationally-ranked #16 Polk State College Eagles. Even though the Lady Bucs defeated Polk State twice during the Citrus Conference campaign, the pesky Eagles made FSW work, taking the Bucs to four sets in September, then to the limit in October in a grueling 5-set match, with FSW winning the climatic 5th set 15 to 13.

True to their tight 2023 matches, the squads split the fi rst two sets, with FSW winning 25 to 19 before Polk State evened things in the 2nd by 25 to 21. The 3rd set began just as tight, with the Lady Bucs breaking Polk State’s serve to go up 4 to 3. Immediately after that, Polk State committed two consecutive defensive service infractions, giving FSW a 6 to 3 lead. The Lady Bucs then won the next three serves to increase their lead to 9 to 3 and they never looked back, winning 25 to 15. That dominance continued into the 4th, winning 25 to 13 to take the State semifi nal 3 sets to 1.

Awaiting FSW in the State Championship clash was their main rival, the #3-ranked Miami Dade Sharks. Before FSW volleyball came into existence, Miami Dade was the 800-pound gorilla of Junior College Woman’s Volleyball, having won ten National Championships! FSW and Miami Dade not only played each other for the 2022 Florida State Championship, but they both advanced to the 2022 National Championship, with FSW victorious 3 sets to one. Miami Dade dealt the Lady Bucs their only 2023 defeat, besting FSW in SCUA on October 21 in a 5-set thriller, taking the deciding fifth set 16 to 14.

Perhaps with revenge on their minds, the Lady Bucs destroyed Miami Dade in the 1st set 25 to 14. FWS remained red hot to begin the 2nd set, then withstood a furious rally to take set #2 25 to 20. The Sharks would not go quietly, however, taking a 9 to 6 lead in the 3rd set. FSW’s brilliant young coach, Thais Baziquetto-Allen, then made a smart & savvy move by replacing All-American candidate Alondra Alarcon with diminutive Clara Maidantchik and FSW immediately went on a 6 to 0 run to jump out in front 12 to 9. Alarcon then returned to the lineup and FSW steamrolled to a 25 to 15 straight-set victory to repeat as Florida State Champs and advance to Sunday’s District Championship!

The Lady Bucs next took on the South Carolina State Champions, the Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers, for the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Atlantic District Championship. Like the previous day against Miami Dade, FSW jumped out quick and never looked back, dominating a straight sets victory 25 to 15, 25 to 10 and 25 to 15! The much-smaller Pioneers had no answer to FSW’s intimidating 6’4” Middle Blocker Izzy Collier who had 8 Kills and 7 Blocks in limited playing time, as Coach Thais played all 13 of her healthy players.

Lifesavers & Kansas!
Following the Lady Bucs victory, Miami Dade returned to the SCUA court to take on Monroe College, the New York State Champions, for the 2nd Atlantic District National Championship automatic bid in Hutchinson, Kansas, and in the 4th set, a life-&-death drama ensued. With Miami Dade leading 2 sets to 1 and the score tied at 15 to 15, a Monroe player dove to the court. It seemed as though the dive knocked the wind from her, then she quickly dissolved into a cardiac arrest. Due to the incredible response of the FSW, Miami Dade and Monroe training staffs, they quickly resuscitated her, with emergency responders arriving in under ten minutes! She recovered in the hospital so well that the two teams resumed their match on Monday, with Miami Dade winning to join FSW for the National Championship in Hutchinson, meaning a fourth FSW / Miami Dade matchup is a distinct possibility.

Prior to the Championships, the Citrus Conference named fi ve Lady Bucs to its All-Conference Teams, placing Alarcon, Collier, All-American candidate Roberta Purashaj, and Victoria Zibecchi on the 1st Team and Nina Boledovicova on the 2nd. Purashaj, FSW’s career assists leader, is the Citrus Conference Player of the Year, finishing second in the State and fourth nationally with 10.81 assists per set while quarterbacking the Lady Bucs to the nation’s top hitting percentage of .318. After the Championships, Region 8 named Alarcon, Boledovicova and Zibecchi to the All-Tournament Team with Purashaj MVP.

Baziquetto-Allen received the Citrus Conference Coach of the Year Award for the fourth consecutive season! The smooth and stylish Coach Thais, who began the FSW volleyball program in 2019, is a Junior College volleyball coaching superstar, with an incredible career mark of 115 & 24 for an unreal .824-win percentage! Her 14-player squad features 12 over-seas competitors, with four from Italy, three hailing from Brazil, and the remainder from Argentina, Peru, Portugal, Serbia and Slovakia, with two Floridians.

The Lady Bucs travel to Hutchinson to defend their 2022 National Championship from November 15 through 18. After being ranked #1 in the nation every week during the 2023 campaign, FSW will almost certainly enter the tournament as the #1 seed. The Lady Bucs tied their all-time wins record by going 27 & 1, after posting their fourth straight Citrus Conference Championship with a 13 & 1 record. Monitor FSW’s march to back-to-back National Championships at Remember, “The Bucs Stop Here” for the 2023 National Championship!

Gary Mooney

Saturday, 11 November 2023 07:12

Happy Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a signifi cant American holiday dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served with distinction in the U.S. military.

It is essential to distinguish Veterans Day from Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday in May and is dedicated to commemorating the military members who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.

The origins of Veterans Day can be traced back to November 11, 1919, when U.S. President Wood-row Wilson initially proclaimed it as Armistice Day. Th is day was specifically intended to honor the veterans of World War I, as the armistice that marked the war’s end occurred at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Th is devastating conflict claimed the lives of over 16 million individuals worldwide, including approximately 117,000 Americans.

The holiday was officially established as a national one in 1938. But it wasn’t until 1954, under the leadership of U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, that the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day. This change expanded the holiday’s purpose to pay tribute to all veterans who have served in the U.S. military.

Veterans Day is consistently observed on November 11 each year. However, if this date falls on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday), the holiday is officially observed on the closest Friday or Monday. Federal offices are closed in honor of the occasion, and there is no U.S. mail delivery on this significant day.

But in my opinion, we all should take every opportunity to thank a Veteran... Every day is Veterans Day!

In only the fourth year of its program’s existence, the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Women Volleyball Buccaneers won the 2022 National Championship. Now, after being ranked #1 in the nation every week during the 2023 campaign, the FSW Lady Bucs begin their quest to repeat as National Champions this weekend when they host the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State Championship at Suncoast Credit Union Arena (SCUA) on the FSW Fort Myers campus on Friday & Saturday, November 3 & 4. If FSW finishes as State champion or runner-up, they play for the District title against other state champions on Sunday, November 5, again at SCUA.

The Lady Bucs, who went 24 & 1 in 2023 and won their fourth straight Citrus Conference Championship at 13 & 1, first play on Friday, November 3, at 4 p.m. They take on the winner of that morning's matchup between #15-ranked Eastern Florida State College and #17 Polk State College. FSW took on each of those schools twice in 2023, during Citrus League play. The Lady Bucs swept Eastern Florida at SCUA in mid-September then won again at Eastern in mid-October by 3 sets to one. Polk State gave the Bucs all they could handle twice, losing to them at SCUA in September 3 sets to 1, then at Polk State in October, falling to FSW in a thrilling 3 sets to 2 match, with FSW winning the climatic 5th set 15 to 13.

If FSW defeats Eastern Florida or Polk State, they will advance to the State Championship Match on Saturday, November 4, at the SCUA at 3 p.m. If they fall short on Friday, they will play in the Consolation Match Saturday at Noon. Should FSW make it to the Championship game, they will most likely take on #3-ranked Miami Dade College in the next chapter of their intense rivalry. Before the FSW volleyball program came into existence, Miami Dade was the 800-pound gorilla of Junior College Women Volleyball, having won ten National Championships! FSW and Miami Dade not only played each other for the 2022 Florida State Championship, but they both then advanced to the 2022 National Championship game, with FSW victorious 3 sets to one. Miami Dade dealt the Lady Bucs their only 2023 defeat, besting FSW in SCUA on October 21 in a 5-set thriller, taking the deciding fifth set 16 to 14. 

The FSW mastermind is head coach Thais Baziquetto-Allen, who began the program in 2019 and quickly rose to the ranks of a Junior College volleyball coaching superstar, with an incredible career mark of 112 & 24 for an outstanding .824-win percentage. The geographic recruiting realm for the smart, successfuland stylish Coach Thais is apparently Planet Earth, as her 14-player squad features 12 overseas competitors, with four from Italy, three hailing from Brazil, and the remainder from Argentina, Peru, Portugal, Serbia and Slovakia, with two Floridians rounding out the roster.

Two All-American candidates headline the FSW Lady Bucs: Outside Hitter Alondra Alarcon and Setter Roberta Purashaj. Alarcon earned the October 18 National Player of the Week Award, when FSW
coincidently defeated both Eastern Florida and Polk State, when she registered a combined 42 kills and 33 digs. Purashaj on October 24 received her fourth 2023 FCSAA Setter of the Week Award – and the seventh of her incredible career. She ranks in the top five nationally with 10.76 assists per set and she quarterbacks FSW to the second-best hitting percentage in the country at .311. Perhaps the most underrated player on the tremendously-talented Lady Bucs squad in Middle Blocker Izzy Collier from Jacksonville, as the 6’4” Collier simply dominates the center of the court at the net.

To continue their successful run, the Lady Bucs must overcome a bit of the injury bug. Anica Bobic, the dynamic 6’4” Outside Hitter who can totally dominate a match, broke her foot and is out for the season. Libero Clara Maidantchik is battling an on-going leg injury, though FSW expects her to play thisweekend. When she misses time, however, Anna Marzella steps into the breach with no dropoff.

If FSW makes Saturday’s State Championship matchup, both they and their opponent qualify for the next day’s District Championship at SCUA at Noon, with the winner receiving the automatic bid to theNational Championship Tournament. If they falter on Saturday, they play in the District Consolation Match at 3 p.m., with the possibility of that winner receiving an At-Large Bid to the National
Championship. SCUA is on the FSW Fort Myers Campus at 13351 FSW Parkway, across the parking lot from the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall; tickets begin at $5 Remember, “The Bucs Stop Here” at the FCSAA State Tournament November 3 through 5!

Dr. Patrick Moore’s re­markable journey began with a Ph.D. in ecology in 1971. Over the next fifteen years, he transi­tioned into a fervent environmental activist within Greenpeace, where he tackled several crucial global issues.

Years ago, he gave a lecture called “Should we celebrate car­bon dioxide?” for the The Global Warming Policy Foundation.

This is a summation of the 45 minute lecture which has a 15 page transcript. The full transcript link is at the end of this article.

He began his lecture with this statement.....

“Thank you for the op­portunity to set out my views on climate change. As I have stated publicly on many occasions, there is no definitive scientific proof, through real-world observation, that carbon dioxide is responsible for any of the slight warming of the global climate that has occurred during the past 300 years, since the peak of the Little IceAge.”

“If therewere such a proof, through testing and replication, it would have been written down for all to see. The contention that human emissions are now the dom­inant influence on climate is simply a hypothesis, rather than a univer­sally accepted scientific theory. It is therefore correct, indeed verging on compulsory in the scientific tradition, to be skeptical of those who express certainty that ‘the science is settled’ and ‘the debate is over.”

“But there is certainty be­yond any doubt that carbon dioxide is the building block for all life on Earth and that without its presence in the global atmosphere at a suffi­cient concentration this would be a dead planet. Yet today our children and our publics are taught that car­bon dioxide is a toxic pollutant that will destroy life and bring civiliza­tion to its knees. Tonight I hope to turn this dangerous human-caused propaganda on its head.”

“Tonight I will demonstrate that human emissions of carbon dioxide have already saved life on our planet from a very untimely end. That in the absence of our emitting some of the carbon back into the atmosphere from whence it came in the first place, most or per­haps all life on Earthwould begin to die less than two million years from today.”

Some History

Dr. Moore took a prominent stand against U.S. underground nuclear weapons testing, highlight­ed the environmental and public health risks associated with these tests, and campaigned against French atmospheric nuclear testing.

He was instrumental in Greenpeace’s work to protect whales and their habitats and played a role in campaigns against the clubbing of baby seals.

His work within Green­peace not only addressed these issues but also created a platform for media and public involvement. By confronting the Soviet whaling fleet, he drew global attention to these critical matters.

Greenpeace created a focal point for the media to report on public opposition to nuclear tests and to stopping killing whales. They succeeded. Good work!

But, he was the only direc­tor of Greenpeace with a formal education in science. He left the organization due to their anti-hu­man stance, a belief that humans are the enemies of the earth and began promoting science-based environmental policies and sup­ports GMO Golden Rice to combat vitamin A deficiency in Africa.

He said “NASA tells us that ‘Carbon dioxide controls Earth’s temperature’, in child-like denial of the many other factors involved in climate change.”

He reminds us that NASA and some scientists benefit from climate change fears. He acknowl­edges that most of the rise of CO2 from 280 to 400 ppm is caused by human CO2 emissions.

The G7 plan to “end ex­treme poverty and hunger” by phasing out 85% of the world’s energy supply including 98% of the energy used to transport people and goods, including food is Ridic­ulous, he implies.

Because of volcanism, CO2 was many times higher for the first 4 billion years of Earth’s history than it has been since the Cambri­an Period (450 M years ago) until today. After the Cambrian he says temperature and CO2 are in an inverse correlation as often as not.

In the Devonian Period (400 million years back) beginning plants evolved to produce lignin, which in combination with cellu­lose, created wood which in turn for the first time allowed plants to grow tall for sunlight. Forests pulled down carbon as CO2 from the atmosphere to make wood. Lig­nin is very difficult to break down and no decomposer species pos­sessed the enzymes to digest it.

Trees died atop one another until they were 100 me­tres or more in depth. This was the making of the great coal beds around the world as this huge store of sequestered carbon continued to build for 90 million years.

Then, fortunately for the fu­ture of life, white rot fungi evolved to produce the enzymes that can digest lignin and so the coal-mak­ing era came to an end. If it had not, CO2, which had already been drawn down for the first time in Earth’s history to levels similar to today’s, would have continued to decline until CO2 approached the threshold of 150 ppm below which plants begin first to starve, then stop growing altogether, and then die. Not just woody plants but all plants.

This would bring about the extinction of most, if not all, terrestrial species, as animals, insects, and other invertebrates starved for lack of food. And that would be that. The human species would never have existed. This was merely the first time that there was a distinct possibility that life would come close to extinguishing itself due to a shortage of CO2.

A well-documented record of global temperature shows that we have been in a major cooling period since the Eocene 50 million years ago. The Earth was an aver­age 16C warmer then. Antarctica was ice free and covered in forest. The ancestors of every species on Earth today survived through what may have been the warmest time in the history of life. But today we hear predictions of disaster with a 2C rise! Glaciers began to form in Antarctica 30 million years ago and in the northern hemisphere 3 million years ago.

Today, even in this intergla­cial period of the Pleistocene Ice Age, we are experiencing one of the coldest climates in Earth histo­ry.

Plants, including trees and all our food crops, are capable of growing much faster at higher levels of CO2 than present in the atmosphere today.

Even at today’s concentra­tion of 400 ppm plants are relative­ly starved for nutrition. The opti­mum level of CO2 for plant growth is about 5 times higher. CO2 is the giver of life. We should celebrate CO2 rather than denigrate it as is the fashion today.

The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere was reduced by about 90% during the last 150 million years. If this trend continues CO2 will inevitably fall to levels that threaten the survival of plants, which require a minimum of 150 ppm to survive. If plants die all the animals, insects, and other inver­tebrates that depend on plants for their survival will also die.

How long will it be at the present level of CO2 depletion until most or all of life on Earth is threatened with extinction by lack of CO2 in the atmosphere? If humans had not begun to unlock some of the carbon stored as fossil fuels, less than 2 million years from today!

Human emissions of carbon dioxide have saved life on Earth from inevitable starvation and ex­tinction due to lack of CO2.

Let us have no hominem arguments about “deniers”. I sub­mit that much of society has been collectively misled into believing that global CO2 and temperature are too high when the opposite is true for both.

Even when the fossil fuels have become scarce, we have the quadrillion tons of carbon in carbonaceous rocks, which we can transform into lime and CO2 for the manufacture of cement using solar energy or nuclear energy.

The human species has made it possible to prolong the sur­vival of life on Earth for more than 100 million years. We are not the enemy of nature but its salvation!

This is a small part of the great lecture and does not do it justice, PLEASE search youtube ‘Should we celebrate carbon dioxide’ for full lecture video or to read the full transcript of lecture go to: uploads/2016/10/Moore-2.pdf

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Dr. Patrick Moore

According to a book called Generations, by Howe and Strauss in 1991, US history is divided into 80 year blocks called seculars, those blocks are divided roughly into 20 year seasons or blocks called turnings. These 80ish year blocks have been remarkably similar to each other and we’re in one now.

The first turning of the cycle is a high, an upbeat era, the second turning is an Awakening, the passion era, the third turning is an unraveling, the downcast era, and the fourth turning, well I’m sorry, the fourth turnings suck, the fourth turning is crisis, an era of upheaval, as you all can guess...we’re in a fourth turning right now.

So let’s take a look at our secular, our history block, and follow it to the history block that were in, the crisis of right now. These are America’s history blocks, Our high began after World War II victory. (1945) during a high the getting is good. We had the most even distribution of wealth in this country during this era, a gas station attendant could afford to buy a house. This high is the period that the MAGA movement has referred to, we got Hank Williams and Elvis and Little Richard and the launch of Rock n Roll. In this era we launched monkeys and men into space, this is when the Mustangs and Corvettes first came out.

Our high ended with the assassination of John F Kennedy on November 22nd 1963. The high is not a high for everyone of course. America still had a segregated south, homosexuality was illegal and considered a mental disorder. The high is a period of conformity. The age of nonconformity and of social justice begins during the awakening. Our passionate era.

During the awakening, (1964) we had Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Acid, Vietnam protests and Vietnam itself, the women’s liberation, Stonewall and the gay Rights Movement, great movies great music; this is when the first Macintosh computer came out; the awakening is a time of increasing individualism. This second turning, this Awakening ended with the re-election of Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Things get messy during the third turning, during the unraveling, we got the fall of Soviet com-munism and the beginning of the Russian gangster state. The greatest musicians of the time sang about violence and decay and their deteriorating cities, the LA riots, OJ, the bombing of Bosnia and the Columbine High school shootings on the same day, September 11th, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, this era’s unraveling ended with the financial crisis of 2008.

What’s happening now is the fourth turning. And what’s happening now is right on schedule, 80 years ago in the end of the last fourth turning America had a great depression then World War II. 80 years before, the Civil War, 80 years before that, the Revolutionary War.

Now it’s our turn to save the country…….. so where do you fit into it all, what’s your role? It depends, when you were born, each generation, each cohort, tends to embody a specific archetype, an archetype that will move the society towards the next high, each generation’s archetype, is the characteristic that will define the generation, in its prime, in midlife.

The boomer archetype is the prophet, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are boomers and profits, both predicted that one day everyone, not just big corporations and governments would own a computer.  Gen x, is the nomad generation, the quintessential genex-or Elon Musk builds things that move us from one place to another, Rockets, electric cars, hyperloops, nomadic devices.

Millennials raised during the unraveling will emerge as the hero generation during this crisis. These are the Parkland high students, the Frontline hospital workers in Milan; the book says millennials will be the world war two heroes of our history block.

We don’t know what genZ will do but they will be an artist generation, from them will emerge the next Bill Withers, John Morrison, Bob Dylan… all born during the last crisis ….. all from the artist generation.

The history block before ours, ended with World War II and began with the Civil War. 80 years prior the history blocked before that ended with the civil war and began with the end of the Revolutionary War, 80 years prior, every 80 years or so something big comes along and changes everything and now we’re at the end of our history block, of our crisis, we are in the process of changing our world again. Unfortunately the word ‘war’ is at the end of every prior cycle. These authors  tell us that these crises are like forest fires unpleasant but necessary; they clear the Woods for new growth as we work towards our next “high”.

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A report from Japan brings hope for new natural remedies against the ever-evolving COVID-19. A humble cup of tea—green, matcha, or black—might wield unexpected power against the Omicron subvariants of the virus.

Tea’s Unveiled Potency

A recent study from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine indicates the role of tea polyphenols, particularly the dynamic epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), in impeding the virus’s ability to infect human cells. Volunteers consumed candies infused with green, black, or no tea components in one of the study’s more unconventional experiments. Post-consumption saliva samples from the tea-infused candy groups demonstrated a short-lived yet potent ability to neutralize the virus, effective for approximately 5-15 minutes.

Traditional tea lovers might also find validation. When freshly steeped black tea, green tea, and matcha were pitted against the virus samples, most Omicron subvariants saw their infectious capacities slashed drastically, nosediving to under 1%.
Even the everyday bottled green teas adorning store shelves and refrigerators worldwide stepped up to the plate. However, these commercial beverages displayed significant antiviral effects with a few noteworthy exceptions.

The Polyphenol Spectrum: Variants vs. Efficacy

This research underscores the need to understand variant-specific treatment responses in a world where the phrase “The virus has mutated” sends shivers down spines. While tea polyphenols are generally potent, their effectiveness varies across virus subvariants. Tea’s antiviral properties aren’t a recent discovery. Historical texts and studies have long championed tea polyphenols for their potential to curb virus replication. Alongside blocking a virus’s current assault, these compounds might also hamstring its future proliferation endeavors.

Enthusiasm Meets Caution

World-renowned American virologist Dr. Sean Lin, former director of the Virology Department at the U.S. Army Research Institute, weighed in on these recent revelations with a balanced viewpoint. While he acknowledges the encouraging lab results, Dr. Lin emphasizes the chasm that sometimes exists between controlled experiments and real-world scenarios.

Nonetheless, Lin pointed out that tea leaves contain essential immune-boosting nutrients. Vitamin A protects respiratory mucous membranes and prevents infections. Vitamin C stimulates the production of antibodies and immune cells. Vitamin D regulates proteins that combat pathogens and possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E helps maintain cell membrane integrity. Iron supports the production of enzymes that enhance immune cells, while zinc supports the immune response. Supplementing these nutrients appropriately can improve immune function.

The East’s age-old tradition of tea drinking has serendipitously intertwined with cutting-edge science, offering a glimmer of optimism. While it’s essential to approach these findings with a blend of excitement and scrutiny, one thing’s for sure: our daily brew carries more weight now, blending comfort with potential health safeguards.  

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Mold, mold, mold!  That is all a lot of us have been hearing about lately.  What is mold and what is the fuss?  Mold is a type of fungus that can grow both indoors and outdoors.  While mold plays an essential role in nature by breaking down organic matter, it can also have negative health effects on humans if it grows indoors.   Exposure to mold can cause a range of health issues, especially for people who are sensitive or allergic to it.

Mold grows in warm, damp, and humid environments (sound at all familiar here in Florida?).  Common places for mold to grow include bathrooms, kitchens, crawl spaces, and voids between walls.  Mold also can grow on organic materials such as paper, wood, and textiles.

The health effects of mold can vary depending on the individual and the amount of exposure.  Some people may experience no symptoms, while others may develop a range of symptoms, including:

  • Respiratory issues: Exposure to mold can cause respiratory issues such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.  People with asthma or allergies may be particularly sensitive to mold and may experience more severe respiratory symptoms.
  • Allergic Reactions: Mold can cause allergic reactions in some people, including sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and skin rashes.
  • Headaches: Exposure to mold can also cause headaches, particularly in people who are sensitive to it.
  • Fatigue: Mold exposure can cause fatigue and a feeling of general malaise.
  • Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat: Mold can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, causing redness, itching, and soreness.
  • Skin irritation: Mold can also cause skin irritation, including rashes and hives.

In addition to these symptoms, exposure to mold has also been linked to more severe health issues, such as respiratory infections, neurological problems, and even cancer. Long-term exposure to mold can also lead to the development of asthma or other respiratory conditions. The severity of health effects related to mold depends on several factors, including the amount and duration of exposure, the type of mold, and the individual’s sensitivity. Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems may be more susceptible to the health effects of mold.

If you suspect that you have mold in your home or workplace, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. Here are some steps you can take to prevent mold growth and reduce your exposure:

  • Keep humidity levels low: Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to keep humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent.
  • Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens: Use exhaust fans to vent moisture and steam from bathrooms and kitchens to the outside.
  • Fix leaks: Repair any leaks in your roof, plumbing, or windows to prevent moisture from accumulating.
  • Clean up spills and leaks immediately: If you have a spill or leak, clean it up immediately and dry the affected area thoroughly.
  • Use mold-resistant materials: Consider using mold-resistant materials such as drywall or paint in areas that are prone to mold growth.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp areas: If you have water damage or flooding, clean and dry the affected area within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

In conclusion, mold can have a range of negative health effects, especially for people who are sensitive or allergic to it.  If you suspect that you have mold in your home or workplace, it is important to have it tested by a Licensed Mold Assessor or Industrial Hygienist as soon as possible.  If mold is found, proper remediation is important to ensure that there are no further health complications and to help prevent mold from returning.  If there is no mold, taking the steps listed above can help prevent mold growth and reduce the risk of exposure to you and those living and working around you.

Troy Conner
First Priority Restoration


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